Aaron Wan-Bissaka has become the most expensive defender in Manchester United's history after completing a deal worth up to £50 million from Crystal Palace on Saturday. Despite the huge fee, the 21-year-old made just 46 senior appearances for the Eagles and has yet to be called up by England. AFP Sport looks at why have United splashed such a huge fee to kick off a major rebuild at Old Trafford after missing out on Champions League qualification last season. Converted winger Wan-Bissaka grew up in the surroundings of Palace's Selhurst Park before joining the club's academy at the age of 11. However, having started out as a winger, he did not stand out. Indeed, his talent may have gone unspotted had he not been pitted against Palace's star player Wilfried Zaha one day in training when he impressed coaches with his ability to nullify the Ivorian. "I can remember watching the session and thinking afterwards, 'He did all right at right-back,'" said Kevin Keen, who was Palace's … [Read more...] about Who is Man Utd’s £50 million man Wan-Bissaka?
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LONDON: Manchester United tied down midfielder Juan Mata to a new two-year contract on Wednesday (Jun 19) with an option to extend the deal a further season.Mata, 31, had been free to talk to other clubs with his previous contract expiring this month after protracted negotiations between the two parties.However, having already seen Ander Herrera and club captain Antonio Valencia leave Old Trafford on free transfers this summer, United were keen stop Mata from following suit."It is a real honour to continue to represent this amazing club and our incredible fans. I have been at Manchester United for five years and I am proud to call Old Trafford my home," said Mata, who joined from Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of £37 million (US$46 million)."I am looking forward to working with Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) and his fantastic coaching staff; the vision that they have for the club is truly exciting and I am so happy that I will be a part of that."In his five years at United, Mata has scored 45 … [Read more...] about Football: Mata extends Manchester Utd stay to 2021
Maurizio Sarri's side beat Watford 3-0 to lift them into third spot behind Liverpool and Manchester City and their day was made all the sweeter as United drew at relegated Huddersfield and Arsenal were held by Brighton. The results mean that with one round of fixtures remaining Chelsea, on 71 points, cannot be caught by fifth-placed Arsenal, who are on 67 points, or United, a point further back. Fourth-placed Tottenham, on 70 points and with a far better goal difference than north London rivals Arsenal, are virtually assured of Champions League football next season barring an unlikely sequence of events. Sarri's team were booed off after a sloppy first half, but two goals in three minutes from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz lifted the mood at Stamford Bridge before Gonzalo Higuain sealed victory, Chelsea's first in four games in all competitions. Finishing in the top four and winning the Europa League would make the Italian manager's troubled first season a relative … [Read more...] about Chelsea qualify for Champions League as Arsenal, Man Utd flop
Sport Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must show he is not afraid to make big decisions and drop error-prone goalkeeper David de Gea for the final two games of the Premier League season, former England striker Ian Wright has said. 30 Apr 2019 12:00PM Bookmark REUTERS: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must show he is not afraid to make big decisions and drop error-prone goalkeeper David de Gea for the final two games of the Premier League season, former England striker Ian Wright has said.De Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games, including one that allowed Chelsea to equalise in Sunday's 1-1 draw that dented sixth-placed United's chances of finishing in the top four.Solskjaer backed De Gea to shake off his poor form in their final two games against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City but Wright believes the Norwegian has to take a different approach."If he (Solskjaer) really wants to stamp his mark and let people know he isn't … [Read more...] about Man Utd’s Solskjaer must show authority by dropping De Gea
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he had no regrets over his decision to keep faith with David de Gea after another costly error from the Spaniard helped Chelsea claim a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. De Gea had been in the spotlight for his poor performances as Solskjaer's men had lost heavily to Barcelona, Everton and Manchester City in their previous three games. And after a bright start from the hosts was rewarded by Juan Mata's 11th-minute opener, De Gea cost the Red Devils again when he spilled Antonio Rudiger's long-range effort to allow Marcos Alonso to equalise just before half-time. Yet, as De Gea headed for the dressing room at the break, his name was chanted by the home support in recognition of his brilliant performances over a number of seasons prior to his recent loss of form. "David has been unbelievable for this club. That just says everything about the supporters," said Solskjaer. "No chance anyone can blame him for losing many points for … [Read more...] about De Gea deserves support, insists Solskjaer as Man Utd’s top-four hopes fade